MAYDAYCON 2020 Wrap-Up – Thank Yous, Panels & Readings

Hot dog hotdog hot diggity dog, WHAT A FREAKIN’ CONVENTION, Y’ALL!!!!

A HUGE thank you to all panel participants and readers, and a special thank you to all who tuned in to the LIVE recordings.

This convention started out as Nick Martell and I deciding that, after we finished our podcast chat, we wanted to set up a Facebook Live event where we would talk books, video games, movies, TV shows, etc. and, as you can tell, turned into something WAY BIGGER. Thanks to Mike Shackle, Jeremy Szal, and a couple of other authors who shall remain nameless, we went from a one (1) author and one (1) blogger chat to thirty-five (35) authors on panels and seven (7) live readings with some additional authors to that count with one (1) blogger who was more than exhausted by the end of the fourteen (14) hour day. Having said that, I am still sitting here, giddy as all get-out as to what was accomplished on Saturday May 16th. I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but the fact that I pulled this off by myself in a near seamless way blows my mind.

Obviously, it could not have happened without everyone buying in and making it a successful day and I just cannot express how appreciative I am.

With all that being said, I have compiled the ENTIRE day here for your viewing/listening pleasure. If you haven’t had a chance to check them out, I HIGHLY suggest you do. There is a plethora of amazing content to be found!

Panel 1 – Are Magic Systems Important to Make Great Fantasy? Feat. Angus Watson, Anna Smith Spark, Gareth Hanrahan, Matthew Ward & RJ Barker

Reading 1 – Jonathan Wood (aka Jon Hollins) – Fool’s Gold (The Dragon Lords #1)

Panel 2 – Grimdark, Grimheart, or Just Low Fantasy? You Decide. Feat. Anna Stephens, Ben Galley, David Wragg, Peter McLean & Rob J. Hayes

Reading 2 – Christopher Ruocchio – Demon in White (Sun Eater #3)

Panel 3 – Traditional vs Self Pub. You Know, Because. Feat. Dyrk Ashton, Jonathan French, Jonathan Wood, Josiah Bancroft & Michael R. Fletcher

Reading 3 – Dale Lucas – Good Company (The Fifth Ward #3)

Panel 4 – World-building. What’s Up With That? Feat. Andrea Stewart, Brian Naslund, Justin T. Call, Luke Arnold & Mike Shackle

Reading 4 – Jonathan Janz – The Raven

Panel 5 – The Writing Process. Is it Ever Perfected? Feat. Alina Boyden, Miles Cameron, M. R. Carey, Myke Cole & Peter V. Brett

Reading 5 – Ryan Van Loan – The Sin in the Steel (The Fall of the Gods #1)

Panel 6 – The Journey of Getting Published. Feat. Karen Osborne, Marina Lostetter, Megan O’Keefe, Paul Krueger & Ryan Van Loan

Reading 6 – Michael J. Sullivan – Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations Vol. 1)

Panel 7 – Surviving Your Debut. Feat. Devin Madson, Jeremy Szal, Nick Martell, Sam Hawke & Scott Drakeford

Reading 7 – Jeremy Szal – Stormblood (The Common #1)

7 Comments Add yours

  1. aquavenatus says:

    You should be proud of yourself for pulling this Virtual Con off, and by yourself! My “review” of the Con will be posted later this week! I will warn you (and everyone else) that it’ll be more about how we all should be using the time to our advantage, which is exactly what you and all of the participants did!

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    1. David W says:

      Thank you so much for all of your support before, during, and after. You are amazing!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. aquavenatus says:

        Both your Con and the SPFBO Con were great events!!!

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  2. The Best! I’m so glad I was able to marathon along. It made my day 🙂
    Great job and thank you!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. David W says:

      Thanks, Scarlett 🙂


  3. jeremyszal says:

    Thanks so much for setting it all up, David! I had a blast participating!

    Liked by 1 person

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